Cops, Courts and Fire

Search Teams Return To DiNardo Property In Solebury


Two of the vehicles that were on at the property Thursday seen arriving last Monday.
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Multiple law enforcement agencies were on foot, horseback and on all-terrain vehicles Thursday doing a final sweep of the 68-acre DiNardo family property where the bodies of four young men were found last week.

Members of the Bucks County Detectives, Bucks County Sheriff’s Office, Pennsylvania State Police, Philadelphia Police Department and local officers returned to the sprawling property off Route 202 near Peddler’s Village Thursday morning. The county’s large evidence recovery vehicle and command truck returned to the scene, setting up near several buildings on the property.

The Bucks County District Attorney’s Office said the increased activity was due to the fact the property was likely to be released to the DiNardo family soon. They said they wanted to be “absolutely certain that we have not missed any evidence before departing.”

β€œTo that end, and because of the vast size of the property itself, a large number of law enforcement personnel, police cadets and others, including horses and dogs, are required for this comprehensive walk-through,” Weintraub said in a statement.

Since early last week when the search for the four missing men kicked into high gear, Solebury police have continued to keep guard at the Route 202 farm property and a nearby farmhouse on Aquetong Road as the bulk of the investigatory work has wound down.

Last week, hundreds of local and federal law enforcement officers and police academy cadets took part in the massive search of the farm property that was purchased by the DiNardo family for more than $5 million in the mid-2000s. The search included dive teams, a state police helicopter, cadaver dogs and special equipment from the FBI.

The area where Meo’s car was found.
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Cosmo DiNardo, 20, of Bensalem, has been charged with homicide, robbery and related offenses in connection with the deaths of Dean Finocchiaro, 19, of Middletown Township; Thomas Meo, 21, of Plumstead Township; Jimi Taro Patrick, 19, of Newtown Township; and Mark Sturgis, 22, of Pennsburg, Montgomery County.

Sean Kratz, 20, of Philadelphia, was charged with homicide, robbery and related offenses in connection with the deaths of three of the men.

Patrick’s body was buried by DiNardo in an area of rough terrain on Wednesday, July 5, according to court papers.

The bodies of Finocchiaro, Meo and Sturgis were discovered by a cadaver dog. The trained dog hit on an area near a debris dump on the farm property. Investigators dug down 12 feet and found the bodies with a metal pig roaster.

In addition to the four Bucks County killings, DiNardo claimed to have killed two people in Philadelphia several years back but told investigators few details. Police said they will look into the claim.

DiNardo and Kratz are set to have a preliminary hearing in September.

 


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Tom Sofield

Tom Sofield

Tom Sofield has covered news in Bucks County for five years for both newspaper and online publications. In 2012, Tom was honored at the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation's Keystone Press Awards for his coverage of President Obama's visit to Falls Township in 2011. When he's not covering news in the area, Tom enjoys checking out the newest restaurants and bars, exploring forgotten places of industry in the area, going to local parks and spending time with his friends and family. If there's one thing you should know about Tom, he is a local news junkie through and through. Email: tom@newtownpanow.com Phone: 215-431-1001